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Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by barondla, Dec 5, 2016.
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  1. barondla
    Thanks for the Stax closed back tip, @Jobbing . Hadn't seen those. Guessing they don't sound as open as other Stax and aren't as popular?

    I need to check out some of those larger ear pads for the M&J. The stock pads aren't bothersome, but bigger might be even better.
  2. Jobbing
    The 4070 were designed and popular for studio monitoring, great with detail and incredible clarity/neutrality, obviously the soundstage is nothing close to the Sigmas for instance. Referring to my initial first impressions of the M&J hybrids including Stax pro versions, the Stax are full electrostats and are in a different ball park. M&J headphones however offer a great combination of today's technology with hybrid technology, a great sound at an extreme value for money price point.
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  3. barondla
    Look at these custom made pads by Vesper Audio. They don't list Mitchell & Johnson yet, but they should be able to build whatever is desired. Being custom, they aren't inexpensive. It is possible to pick material, type of foam, size of pads, color, etc.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
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  4. Kitchener
    Vesper are great. I have a set for my Stax SR-L500 and I love them dearly.

    I'm currently waiting for them to make me a set of custom earpads for my MJ2.
    The goal is to get some earpads that go around my ears, not on like the stock pads.
    Very excited to see if they can make them.

    -they can take a while to reply though, as I understand they're currently working on setting up their new Paypal or something.
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  5. RockStar2005
    Nice! When they do, please post a pic here with them on your MJ2. It would be cool if you could still fold them in with the Vesper pads on.
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  6. barondla
    I would also like to see your finished pads @Kitchener . What materials did you pick for outer covering, foam, etc?

    A person in another headphone thread ordered custom pads from Vesper Audio. They already made pads for his model, but he wanted something different. Ended up with black and red pads using two different materials. He had them make the inside cutouts 3mm bigger to give more ear room. They put pictures in their gallery. Cool development.
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  7. Kitchener
    I went with all black leather to cut down on costs and time since I'm also ordering new pads for my Hifiman HE-560.
    Non-stock colors add the handling time and cost more (dark brown cost $18 extra for my Stax pads).

    They were not familiar with the MJ2 so I had to send them a drawing of the earcup outlines with measurements.
    Really great guys; you can get new pads for any headphones you might have!

    Full specs for my MJ2 pads:
    Angled, 20mm front and 25mm back.
    Memory foam filling.
    Black leather all over (I like leather on my face, okay)

    We'll see in about three weeks time how they turn out :darthsmile:
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  8. RockStar2005
    Angled eh? Interesting. I'd prob get non-angled, but that's cool that you have both options to choose from!
  9. Kitchener
    Yes you can get anything your heart desires!
    Since the cups don't swivel on the MJ2, I think an angled pad might fit my head a little better.
    Time will tell.
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  10. Terminator1987
    Hi, I'm new here :).
    Massdrop has now reissued a drop on GL2 headphones for $70 : https://www.massdrop.com/buy/mitchell-and-johnson-gl2-headphones (available for 3 more days). EDIT: drop already inactive, the quantity was limited to 282 (I got one :) ).

    I am especially interested in the opinions of people who disliked them (which avoids the conformation bias) - would they say that GL2 for 70 bucks is an OK option, even though they disliked them for 300 bucks?
    And to everybody - I am considering them to compliment my open-back senns HD58x (which are yet under way), especially for on the go (like train or plane) purposes, but also to maybe extract some different feel from my music (mostly Metallica and lighter themes). Do you think it will cut it? The kinda new hybrid technology of itself is also a feat to me, but ultimately I am interested in enjoyable sound (for now they would be plugged mostly to an ASUS Xonar without additional amp).

    Thanks in advance for your replies !
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
  11. barondla
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  12. barondla
    Living in the US, I've never had a chance to hear any of the Mitchell & Johnson components. They are now bringing their new 800 series to the US. A translated German reviewer is very positive about the components. Saying "...capable, dynamically playing power amp and completes the precursor to a very powerful, finely flowing and enormously playful hi-fi pre / end combo. Mitchell & Johnson 800 Series - a tonal highlight for discerning music lovers".

    The 800 series was awarded the magazine's highest rating. Wish they had tested the preamp using Mitchell & Johnson headphones. Wondering if anyone here has listened to these components via speaker or headphones? If so, what is your impression.
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  13. dudestranded
    Massdrop is doing the MJ1 for 89.99!


    After reading all 27 pages of this thread, I am ready to pull the trigger on them as I have been waiting patiently to cop a set for my jazz, blues, acoustic collection.

    I current run k553 Pros as an EDC pair, movies, bass heavy music (EDM, Hip Hop), gaming. Shure SRH840s for more immersive (SRV, Clapton, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead) at home listening. Will the MJ1 be a good add to the collection to have a good enough 3 headphone set up for all types of music? I want as least of an overlap as possible so I can say "Deadmou5? K553. Bruce Springsteen? SRH840s. Miles Davis? MJ1?

    Not sure if i'm looking for someone to approve the buy, or someone to talk me away from it. Help a brother out! =)
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
  14. barondla
    Haven't heard the MJ1. Others say they are more forward balanced (sort of Grado like) than any other Mitchell & Johnson. One recommended running 4db bass boost and 2-4db treble cut to get to a flat response. One of my daps has no eq capability, other will only eq 16-44.1 and lower resolution. Having a lot of hi res files caused me to skip tye MJ1. I would probably wait to see if the MJ2 come up again on Massdrop. They are very nicely balanced for classical & jazz.
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